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JANUARY 2019
16th
7pm
JC Historical Society
Program
"Memories of Newtown"
FEBRUARY 2019
6th
7pm
JC Historical Society
Meeting
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HISTORY in a BREWERY???

Six Bridges Brewing is now open in Johns Creek and it's partnering with the Johns Creek Historical Society to use local history as part of its identity.

The name Six Bridges refers to the 6 river bridges that historically existed within Johns Creek's borders, some brews will have names of communities and crossroads of the past, and Joan Compton, muralist and president of the JC Historical Society, painted a map mural that locates the 6 bridges and illustrates bits of Johns Creek history.

History in a brewery? Yes, and it's now open!

Story of WWI Heroes Finally Awarded the Medal of Honor

For the 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI, here is a story of two veterans of World War I posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Their heroism had been ignored for almost 100 years due to their race and religion. See the YouTube video of this story told on the CBS Evening News in 2015.

Rogers Bridge Update

Rogers Bridge determined Eligible for National Register of Historic Places

Historic Rogers Bridge

An historic resources survey report was completed for GDOT in preparation for the Rogers Bridge pedestrian bridge project.

The March 9th initial report determined the bridge had no unique historic value. However, based on additional information from the Historic Bridge Foundation and input from the Georgia Department of Historic Preservation, Rogers Bridge is now recommended ELIGIBLE for the National Register of Historic Places.

See the full report (pdf)

Read the letter from the Historic Bridge Foundation that describes the construction of the bridge and their basis for its historical significance.

A Great Resource for Local History Memories

NEWTOWN COMMUNITY NOSTALGIA WEBSITE

Larry Garrard has reactivated a website to collect and share written memories of life in Newtown and stories of earlier residents. Read memories collected so far or submit your own memories of Newtown when it was a rural farming community. Newtown Community Nostalgia website.

This Newtown Nostalgia website is such a great idea that the JC Historical Society website will soon try out a similar capability to capture written memories of the other 3 historic communities in Johns Creek: Ocee, Warsaw, and Shakerag.

Join us for FIELDTRIPS to local historic sites

We had a great time visiting the Mt. Zion Church and the Rogers-Bell cemetery on one of our field trips. See photos


Discover Johns Creek History with Us
NEXT MEETING of the JOHNS CREEK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Historic Newtown Map

"Memories of Newtown"
Guest speakers will include Larry Garrard and others with roots in the historic Newtown community.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
7:00pm
Park Place, in Newtown Park
the historic Newtown School building
3125 Old Alabama Rd, Johns Creek 30022

Our January program will be focused on Newtown, one of the four historic communities in today's City of Johns Creek. Larry Garrard and others with deep local roots will have a conversation about the history of the area and growing up country kids when Newtown was a rural farming community.

This Johns Creek Historical Society program is free and open to the public.

Our thanks to Park Place and the City of Johns Creek for allowing us to use the old Newtown School building for this meeting.


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Tour of historic Warsaw School
Tour of the Warsaw School in December

Our thanks to Mark Burkhalter for leading the historical society on a tour of the old Warsaw School building in December.  It was a wonderful chance to learn about the building, how Mark saved and carefully renovated it, and hear memories of attending the school when this area was still rural.

We in the City of Johns Creek owe Mark our gratitude for preserving part of the area's history by repurposing the old school building while maintaining its historic integrity. 

Mark has also offered to let us copy his collection of Warsaw School photos and documents.  Several people will be needed to help with the scanning.  Contact us at info@johnscreekhistory.org if you want to help.

FEBRUARY MEETING of the JOHNS CREEK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Mark Your Calendar

February meeting of the Johns Creek Historical Society
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
7:00pm


Our February meeting will return to our usual 1st Wednesday of the month schedule.  There won't be a speaker, instead it will be a chance to meet and network with others interested in history, share ongoing history research and projects, ask questions about local history, learn where help is needed, and give input on the future of the historical society. 

BUILDING our ARCHIVES with the help of SHADY GROVE CHURCH
Historic steel McGinnis Ferry bridge

Thanks Shady Grove Church and Linda Swafford for organizing this event!

On Saturday, August 25th, six members of the Johns Creek Historical Society met with Shady Grove Church members and other long-time residents of Shakerag to hear old memories of life in the community and scan photos and documents they brought to share.

The scanned items will be stored in our digital archives as part of the record of Shakerag history. Scanned photos include:

  • a photo of Warsaw Academy students and teachers in the early 1900s,
  • a photo of Albert Matthew Bell (he was the boy who witnessed the 1864 Civil War skirmish along Bell Road),

Read more and view some photos of the event

Please contact us at info@johnscreek history.org if you have memories, photos, documents, or objects from the Johns Creek area's past or if you would like to help us research and capture local history.

ORAL HISTORY PROJECT BEGINS

Johns Creek Historical Society begins capturing oral histories with help from the City of Johns Creek

Oral History Project

As part of its mission to preserve and promote local history, the Johns Creek Historical Society has started a project to collect recorded memories and family stories of this area's past.

We've made a test run of the process by interviewing Judy Webb, a long-time resident with deep family roots in the area, who is known for her community activism and knowledge of local history.

 

DO YOU HAVE MEMORIES or FAMILY STORIES of this AREA's PAST?

We're compiling a list for the next set of interviews. Let us know if you are a descendant of the early farm families of this area or are a long-time resident with memories of the area when it was still a rural farming community.
Please contact us.

The oral histories collected will be retained in the Johns Creek Historical Society's archives for research, education, and promotion of local history.

Our thanks to the City of Johns Creek Communications Department for videotaping and editing the oral history interviews.